The Classification of Living Things

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It's a classification sensation! Demystify why we classify using an inquiry activity that helps your class sort things out. Groups begin by classifying a variety of shoes before they research organisms and design their own dichotomous keys to identify a mystery organism.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals share the organisms they chose for the Your Choice portion of each research sheet as a formative check throughout the lesson
  • Display some examples of the organisms students are classifying
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils must have access to a smart device capable of scanning QR codes to complete the research portion of the lesson
  • Allow extra time for younger students to complete the activity—there's a lot going on!
Pros

  • The summative assessment is easy to grade and provides a clear picture of learning
  • Activities are engaging for learners of all ages
Cons

  • None
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